The thing about being a tourist is you have the tendency to cram as many sights as you can into one day.
My friends and I were in Hong Kong as tourists. It wasn’t our first time in HK, but it was our first time to actively search out cultural sites. We started our day in Stanley, where we visited Murray House and Blake Pier, two buildings relocated from Central and are finding use once again. Afterwards, we took the bus to Tsim Sha Tsui and walked to Victoria Harbour, so we could see the Avenue of Stars.
The Avenue of Stars is located along Victoria Harbour, the natural harbour that separates Hong Kong and Macau. Known for its crowd-drawing view, the harbour was historically important in Hong Kong’s colonization by the British.
Like its name says, the Avenue of Stars is a walkway dedicated to important personalities in Hong Kong’s vibrant movie scene. One of its most famous statues is of Bruce Lee, and it has plaques dedicated to more than 70 actors and directors that made their mark in Hong Kong cinema.
Also nearby is the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, or the Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower, if you want to be offical about it. Its the only structure remaining from the Kowloon Station on what used to be the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Its interior used to be open to the public, who could climb to the top via a wooden staircase. It’s also near the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, where tour ferries and Chinese junks stop to load and unload tourists looking to enjoy a tour of the harbour.
Afterwards, we did what many people come to Hong Kong to do: Shop. We stopped at Log On at Harbour City Mall because I wanted to get a blue Midori Traveler’s Notebook, and I wanted it embossed. The Manual Factory inside Log On, the stationary and knick knack store, allows customers to personalize leather goods.
I’m a big fan of the Traveler’s Notebook. It’s allowed me to customize my paper requirements. I usually fill mine with a calendar, a journal, and a plastic zip case and card holder. Plus, it looks good in photos.
We ended the night at a Chinese restaurant at served Beijing specialites, where my friends treated me to a birthday dinner. We had Peking duck, a signal that this was a Grown Up Dinner.
We walked the whole way back to our AirBnB-rented apartment on the opposite end of Tsim Sha Tsui, stopping by McDonalds for green tea sundaes on the way. It was my last night in Hong Kong; my friends were staying until the end of the week. We got to the apartment exhausted and happy, content to sink into our own cones of silence. I took a shower and retired to my room, excited to see what the next day would bring.